The agency in control of any highway or highway system or the engineer, or any other authorized person employed by said agency, may after thirty days' written notice by restricted certified mail addressed to the owner and also to the occupant, enter upon private land for the purpose of making surveys, soundings, drillings, appraisals and examinations as it deems appropriate or necessary to determine the advisability or practicability of locating and constructing a highway thereon or for the purpose of determining whether gravel or other material exists on said land of suitable quality and in sufficient quantity to warrant the purchase or condemnation of said land or part thereof. Such entry, after notice, shall not be deemed a trespass, and the agency may be aided by injunction to insure peaceful entry. The agency shall pay actual damages caused by such entry, surveys, soundings, drillings, appraisals or examinations.
Any damage caused by such entry, surveys, soundings, drillings, appraisals or examinations shall be determined by agreement or in the manner provided for the award of damages in condemnation of land for highway purposes. No such soundings or drillings shall be done within twenty rods of the dwelling house or buildings on said land without written consent of owner.
[C27, 31, 35, § 4658-a1; C39, § 4658.1; C46, § 309.65; C50, § 308A.18; C54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 314.9]
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